Local Police are reminding householders not to let the sunny weather blind them to the importance of home security.
With more time being spent outdoors, doors and windows are often left wide open, providing an invitation to opportunist thieves who can sneak in and out in a matter of seconds.
Inspector Ally Robertson said: “Home security is vital and that follows for any garages, sheds and outbuildings. Given the valuable property that is stored at the family address these days, it is vital that home owners take the security of outbuildings as seriously as their homes.
“Please don’t make it easy by leaving doors and windows open. If you are out in the garden, ensure all vulnerable door and windows are locked. If you can, lock windows on the vent setting to allow in some fresh air. Only open windows of the room you are in and do not leave valuables in clear view, or easy to reach places. As well as taking all reasonable security measures, people should also report anything suspicious in their neighbourhood to Police Scotland on 101”.
Reports can also be made to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.